Sunday, September 11, 2011

Pec Sand........

A very welcome text from a certain local birder who seems to be on a bit of a roll at Alkborough at the moment,saw me travelling to this excellent wader and wildfowl hotspot to see this american species.At first the bird gave us the run around,but eventually it was pinned down and we were treated to some nice views as it fed loosely with a flock of Ruff,showing the distinct tram-lines on the mantle and well marked pectoral band.It was watched feeding fairly frantically and was very flighty,suggesting that it may have been newly arrived on this side of the Atlantic.After watching it on and off for about an hour or so it was lost to view and we didn't observe it again.Other sightings around the reserve included 2 juv. Little Stint,3 juv. Curlew Sand's,juv. Sanderling,several Greenshank,40 plus Ruff,1 Spoonbill and 2 Ruddy Shelduck and also at least 2 adult White Wagtail.A very enjoyable few hours at this great site.

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